Traditionally, most schools invite authors into schools throughout the year, but in particular in March to celebrate World Book Day.


But here are other days when you can invite authors especially to highlight multi-cultural themes. If you would like to invite Chitra Soundar to school on one of these days, please click here to contact her.


Usually the first week of February – National Storytelling Week

14th Feb – International Book Giving Day – 

17th February – Random Acts of Kindness Day – 

21st February – International Mother Language Day – to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world.

26th February – Tell a Fairytale day

International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

1st March – Zero Discrimination Day – Zero Discrimination Day is the opportunity to celebrate everyone’s right to live a full and productive life with dignity—no matter what they look like, where they come from or whom they love.  Zero Discrimination Day is a moment to highlight how everyone can become informed and promote tolerance, compassion and peace.

20th March – World Storytelling Day

21st March – World Poetry Day

22nd March – Mother’s Day – celebrate with these three wonderful Mother-Baby books!

April – May – June

2nd April – International Children’s Book Day

23rd April – World Book Night

23rd April – English Language Day – English Language Day at the UN is celebrated on 23 April, the date traditionally observed as the birthday of William Shakespeare. The purpose of the UN’s language days is to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity …

17th  May – National Children’s Day

21st May – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development – The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.

Irene Bokova, Director General of UNESCO said, “It is our responsibility to develop education and intercultural skills in young people to sustain the diversity of our world and to learn to live together in the diversity of our languages, cultures and religions, to bring about change.”

25th May – Elmer Day (Check out Chitra’s book You’re Safe With Me with Mama Elephant)

9th June – Empathy Day (You’re Safe with Me was chosen as one of the Empathy Day books in 2018).

20-27 June Independent Bookshops Week


Of course schools are closed from mid-July to early September.

8th September – International Literacy Day – Literacy is a basis for lifelong learning and plays a crucial foundational role in the creation of sustainable, prosperous and peaceful societies.

21st September – International Day of Peace – Each year the International Day of Peace is observed devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

30 September: Happy International Translation Day! Why not celebrate by reading some translated fiction? Check out Chitra’s bi-lingual books.



2nd October – International Day of Non-Violence- The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

3rd October – National Poetry Day

5th October – World Teacher’s Day

Usually the second week of October is National Libraries Week!

27th October – National Tell a Story Day.

14th November (2020) – Diwali celebrations. It’s a week long festival. Perfect time to read Shubh Diwali and invite Chitra for a visit. (2021 dates will differ as Diwali follows the lunar calendar) 

16th November – International Day for Tolerance – to advance human welfare, freedom and progress everywhere, as well as to encourage tolerance, respect, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures, civilizations and peoples.

20th November – Universal Children’s Day – to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children.

One thought on “Great Dates for Author Visits

  1. Dear Mrs Soundar,

    We are a group of 16-year-old students participating in a Young Enterprise team representing JFS School.
    We have created a children’s book, aimed mainly at children aged 3-6, regarding social stereotypes and stigmas, in an effort to break down these stereotypes and promote unity between different groups in society.
    We are a non profit company, and all proceeds of this project will go towards charity
    We would greatly appreciate any form of help, such as guidance on how to write, sell or promote our book. Hope to hear back, thank you for your help.

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